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50 Years Blog: Sofia Receives Barbie and Healthy Heart in Minnesota 

  Sofia Mourtzopoulou and Besse Maragos, 2019. Photos by Cori Miller Photography   Thirty-eight years later, Sofia Mourtzopoulou from Greece made a return trip to Minnesota, the place that changed her life forever. In 1981 Sofia celebrated her sixth birthday at a hospital in Minneapolis, without her parents, while she waited for heart surgery. Her parents … Continued

Get to Know Jeff Evanson, Children’s HeartLink’s Board Vice Chair

Jeff: It is unimaginable that there are families with no access to the medical care their children need Jeff and his family   Jeff Evanson’s initiatives and enthusiasm inspire others to get involved with Children’s HeartLink. In 2020, he is going to support Children’s HeartLink while competing in an Ironman triathlon! He wants other athletes … Continued

Children’s HeartLink Receives Governor’s International Trade Award

  Children’s HeartLink is one of five Minnesota organizations that received the 2018 Governor’s International Trade Award on Thursday, November 7. This award is given out each year to honor Minnesota companies that “have excelled in the international marketplace.” “These are the companies that are not just ones who created jobs, innovated, improved international trade, … Continued

Volunteer for 23 Years: Dr. Joe Dearani Receives Founders Award

    Dr. Joseph A. Dearani from Mayo Clinic received Children’s HeartLink’s Founders Award during our gala in Minneapolis on October 25, 2019. He has been a Children’s HeartLink medical volunteer for 23 of our 50 years. This annual award was established in honor of our founder Dr. Joe Kiser, to recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary … Continued

Welcome to Our Board of Directors, Betsy Moran

  We’re happy to welcome Elizabeth (Betsy) Moran to our board of directors. “We’re thankful to Betsy for sharing her expertise in health law and health care leadership. Her breadth of knowledge will be especially appreciated as we grow our programs and expand our reach to help more children around the world,” says Children’s HeartLink President … Continued

2019 HeartLink Gala Live Auction Sneak Peek

  Here’s a sneak peek of the live auction packages for the 2019 HeartLink Gala Presented by UnitedHealthcare on Friday, October 25th at Hilton Minneapolis.  NEW YORK, NEW YORK FOR TWO Getaway to New York includes round-trip airfare; a four-day and three-night stay at a 4-star deluxe hotel; dinner at Robert De Niro’s 4-star Tribeca … Continued

2019 HeartLink Gala Silent Auction Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek of the silent auction packages for the 2019 HeartLink Gala Presented by UnitedHealthcare on Friday, October 25th at Hilton Minneapolis. Make sure to sign up for mobile bidding when you check in! You can bid on these auction packages from 6:00 pm until the emcee closes the silent auction in the … Continued

New Partner Hospital in West Bengal is Our Sixth in India

Nurse training at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah, India   In India, only one in ten children with congenital heart disease receives optimal care. The limited number of pediatric heart care programs and unequal geographic access to these services are among the reasons. To change that, we continue to train more medical professionals through new hospital … Continued

Children’s HeartLink Doubles the Number of Children Served in 5 Years

  This bright-eyed girl from India had lifesaving heart surgery last year. She now has her whole life ahead of her.   Thanks to our supporters, we served 171,580 children and trained 4,304 medical providers last fiscal year! Compared to the previous year, we served 25% more children and trained 125% more medical providers. The … Continued